"The Quicksand of Racism"
We have created an anthropomorphic story for middle-school students that uses non-intimidation techniques
to teach how racism began, what it's status is today, and how we can begin to evolve into a diversity of growth and beauty.
We liken mankind to the forest, where a vast diversity of living things
creates a healthier environment for all.
Our mature, fairy-tale, story can be developed into a book,
a game, an app, and/or an animated short. It has been designed to serve the needs
of the ADL, NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Common Sense, Free Press, UNESCO,
and other humanistic organizations around the world.
Having vagabonded around the world, It became quite clear that most people simply wanted their
children to grow up safe and sound; that kindness bathed ugliness, and;
that when a person's eyes smiled, their heart followed.
Having said that, It was also learned that every culture has told their
children "to stick to their own kind". Done in love,
but begetting fear of those who are different.
Here is an excerpt from "The Quicksand of Racism":
"Dagmire sat on rounded pillows and offered the pillows opposite him for Dane and Chad to sit.
Dagmire looked at Chad and Dane, gave a big sigh and began his telling of their history:
“As many years ago as there are stars in the sky, Crocogators roamed the earth. This very large family grew and occupied quite a large area of the ancient lands of Herzod before the division of the continents. Some believe it was the sibling rivalry of the Crocogators that finally split the tribe up. And all because Aram, son of Bathazar got into a rather lengthy dispute with his brother, Silviu over the division of land for development.
“Silviu believed every male Crocogator should be given four hectares of land to develop, while Aram believed that two hectares were enough to grow the produce necessary to feed the families which worked on their land. Soon family members took sides and in an escalated and prolonged argument the large family of Bathazar elected to leave the family compound and venture north where new lands awaited them.
“Half of the tribe went north while the other half stayed in Herzod. There is indeed, speculation, that the continents divided because of the weight of all the Crocagators on each side of the land, causing the land to divide in order to keep the land from tipping back and forth, like a teeter totter. The continent divide allowed for balanced land masses.
“The group of Crocogators that moved north shortened their name to Crocodiles and those who stayed in the south forever after referred to as Alligators. After several millennia, the Crocodiles and Alligators had adopted to their different environments with the Crocs evolving their facial dimensions into a “V” structure with the narrowness at the tip of the mouth, whereas the Gators facial structure evolved into more of a “U” shape. Neither had any idea that they originally were all of the same family. “
“That is the history of how you came to be, and I’m afraid that both your families have been raised with hatred and fear of those different from you. What is most fascinating, is that you both have more in common than you know, but fear of each other easily blinds one from seeing those commonalities.
Dane, rubbing his chin, said, ”Wow, I’ve never heard anything like that before.”
And Chad, added, “I had no idea!”
Dane continued, “I have always been taught that Gators were not really animals, and certainly inferior to us.”
And Chad shared, “I was told that the Crocs had no souls and were blue eyed devils.
“Yes,” replied Dag, “you are both lucky that you’ve shared a miraculous event allowing you to see the beauty in each other. I’m afraid your parents and friends haven’t been as lucky and so their systemic fears will still frighten them away from all beings they see as different. Your new acceptance and respect for each other will look to them as betrayal, or perhaps even worse.”
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